You say it many times a day, whether you notice it or not. It’s “um”.

Far from being just a conversation-filler, it can make you a better speaker, and may even help children learn new words.

UWA linguist Daniel Midgley will try to make it all clear on this week’s Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

The etymology of “um”

What they say instead of “um” in different languages

The odd “um” makes you more persuasive

And helps children acquire words